Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture by Bruce Pascoe

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By Bruce Pascoe, Magabala Books, paperback, 278 pages

Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating, and storing — behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag.

 

"Dark Emu injects a profound authenticity into the conversation about how we Australians understand our continent...[It is] essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what Australia once was, or what it might yet be if we heed the lessons of long and sophisticated human occupation."— Judges for 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards

About the author:

Bruce Pascoe (born 1947) is an Aboriginal Australian writer of literary fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays and children's literature. As well as his own name, Pascoe has written under the pen names Murray Gray and Leopold Glass.

Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture by Bruce Pascoe
Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture by Bruce Pascoe
Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture by Bruce Pascoe
Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture by Bruce Pascoe